Livingston’s church blooms with hope
The colors of spring filled the Livingston Adventist Church in Western Australia in an event that connected the church to the community.
The church held its sixth Blooming Bible Flower Festival from September 30 to October 2, with the theme of this year’s event being “Messages of Hope.” A total of 19 arrangements were on display – the largest number – each representing an uplifting message of hope for the viewer to reflect on.
Beginning in 2007, Bible in Bloom has aired every three years since then. Many of this year’s attendees have attended the event in previous years and are looking forward to the festival. Others were beginners, but everyone involved was motivated by a desire to bring glory to God and encourage others through their arrangements.
“Our designers often testify to the blessing they receive by reflecting deeply on the Bible verse they have chosen and how best to represent it,” said Linley Vogel, festival organizer.
Visitors have the opportunity to show their appreciation for the Flower Bible by making a donation to charity. This year’s recipient was the Light of Hope School in Cambodia, and over 2,000 Australian dollars (approximately US$1,260) was raised for their work with underprivileged children.
A short dedication service was held on Friday evening September 30 with a group of about 30 family and friends. David Hughes, representing Light of Hope, shared the stories of children whose lives had been touched by the school, and Livington associate pastor Megan Hunter offered a prayer of dedication. The event was then open to the public.
On Sabbath morning, with floral renditions of Bible verses illustrating messages of hope all around the church auditorium, Hunter preached on the theme, “Hope Lasts Forever.”
The Flower Festival was open to the public again on Sabbath and Sunday afternoons, with Light of Hope holding a cafe in the parish hall. Many church members took the opportunity to invite their friends, neighbors and co-workers to admire the beautiful floral arrangements and then relax in the cafe afterwards, a super easy way to share their faith.
The original article was published on Adventist Registry website.